Karanja is the Executive Director and CEO of SOWED Kenya. Previously he has worked as Programme Manager at Oscar Foundation Free Legal Aid Clinic Kenya (OFFLACK) and as the East Africa Regional Coordinator for MOGwee Global. Karanja serves as the Treasurer in the international board of The Break Away Learning Project (BALP) a Not-for-Profit organization working to promote independent learning models worldwide. He also has previously served as the Vice-Chair to the board of the Men for Gender Equality Now (MEGEN), and Honorable Secretary to the Board of Nairobi Sister Cities Trust.
Karanja, has wide experience in consultancy services and is currently serving as Government-Community Mediation Expert on Violent Extremism for DAI, an international development company working on the frontlines of global development. He also has recently consulted for the National Democratic Institute, and National Counter-Terrorism Center in Kenya and YADEN East Africa for P/CVE projects supported by Government of Kenya, UNDP and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Netherlands.
In his position, Karanja has led the transformation of SOWED Kenya from the very humble beginnings as a youth group to a national organization with a reliable network of credible development partners across the globe including UN-Women, the Global Funds system, Oxfam, Urgent-Action Fund Africa, UK-Aid, SVRI, World Vision, and CorStone USA among others. In 2013, SOWED Kenya was awarded the Great Nonprofits Award and went on to scoop the George Washington University Award for a research project on child abuse in 2015.
Today, SOWED Kenya is one of the leading Civil Society Organizations with significant impact-footprints in health, education, security and gender in Kenya, and beyond. Karanja is a holder of a Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree in Peace and Conflict Studies and a Master of Science (MSc) in Governance, Peace and Security from the Africa Nazarene University.